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My daughter was in from college over the holidays and she told me there was a loud noise coming from the back tires. So I took it out for a test spin and suspected it was the rear wheel bearings. The tires are relatively new (August 2015) and are still in excellent shape (had a wheel alignment done before putting them on). Anyway, I did take it to a local tire shop and they confirmed as well that it was the rear wheel bearings. A friend of mine who owns a local shop was able to get the car in yesterday (Friday) on short notice since my daughter is going back to school on Monday. He put in Moog complete rear wheel bearing assemblies ($300 including tax). He purchased those locally. Labor was $220 and there was tax. So the total bill was $609.

Since my daughter is going back to school Monday I had no time to call around let alone order parts. Just wondering if this price is "reasonable" for an independent shop?
 

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Since it was done on a fly, that's not bad at all. Moog's are going for about $120 a piece online so $300 both to have it within the hour is reasonable. Plus, it's fairly labor intensive so $220 is fair, I recall Toyota quoted me $350 in labor when I had my old HL estimated.
 

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Sorry..it is a 2006 AWD Highlander. And thanks for the information for those who posted. I didn't have time to research the costs prior to getting the work done so I just thought that was high.
 

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Well, cost I posted is for a 4WD vehicle. That requires half axle removal. So that should be pretty darn close to your vehicle, OP. 4WD is 4WD. Hubs are different and much more expensive. On my Camry rear hub is peanuts and about 10 minutes to replace.
 

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Well, cost I posted is for a 4WD vehicle. That requires half axle removal. So that should be pretty darn close to your vehicle, OP. 4WD is 4WD. Hubs are different and much more expensive. On my Camry rear hub is peanuts and about 10 minutes to replace.
That's interesting. I own a 1995 T100 and a few years ago I had the front wheel bearings redone. The guy who did it for me (not the same guy who did the Highlander) charged me ~$180 for both front ones and that included labor. He told me they were the kind that could be re-packed.
 

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You had rear wheel drive pickup truck. Front bearing is very easy to replace and I can almost guarantee you that all he did was to take out the bearing core itself, without removing the bearing journal, and inserted a new core. That indeed is very easy to do.
 

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Dealer quoted me cost for the rear hubs and bearings at $700.00 each, and the labor at about $600.00.

I did mine in the driveway with parts from RockAuto, at the same time I did rear struts, lateral and trailing arms, sway bar links and bushings; for less than they wanted for labor.

Frankly, for the conditions and time-frame of the repairs you had done, you actually did well.
 
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